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Israel/Palestine
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Congrats to Muhammad Barakei, Palestinian-Israeli Knesset Member from Hadash, who managed to sum up in just 12 words the sick spectacle of Israel’s Jewish political elite genuflecting to International Man of bigotry, Glenn Beck.

As quoted in the Jerusalem Post:

There are enough racists in Israel without importing them from the US.

Beck, of course, is in Jerusalem this week, seeding the soil for his big Restoring Hate — er,  Courage, Restoring Courage – rally next Wednesday. The rally is being billed as an opportunity “to unite people around the world from all walks of life in standing with Israel, reminding us of the need to have faith, honor and courage in our own lives,” but even the most cursory knowledge of Beck and his army of the faithful suggests that their motives align far more closely with stirring conflict and sowing violence than hand-holding their way to the Age of Unity. Why else plan to hold the rally at the contested-to-the-point-of-combustible Southern Wall excavations — a point Barakei also makes.

The lessons from Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount apparently haven’t been learned. This event isn’t for building coexistence, but to spark fires in a sensitive location ahead of the United Nations vote on a Palestinian state in September.

There is a danger that the event will lead to people being harmed, and the police should have prevented it.

This should all be bluntly, eye-bleedingly obvious but so far only a handful of prominent public figures and politicians have had the courage, moral clarity, or simple honesty to state the obvious. The rest have pretty much used Beck’s visit as a chance to practice their best High Holiday full-body prostration.

Which reminds me: the runner-up best line of the day goes to Palestinian-Israeli MK Ahmad Tibi (UAL-Ta’al), who described Beck as “a bizarre, conservative, neo-fascist comedian who is motivated by a hatred of Islam.”

Amen.

About Lizzy Ratner

Lizzy Ratner is a journalist in New York City. She is a co-editor with Adam Horowitz and Philip Weiss of The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict.

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  1. longliveisrael
    August 18, 2011, 6:33 pm

    Yes, we are so racist in Israel that we can have a Palestinian as a member of our Knesset who can mouth off about how racist we are

    • Dan Crowther
      August 18, 2011, 7:01 pm

      So benevolent. A model for us all

      • Citizen
        August 19, 2011, 8:35 am

        Hey, we already have the Black Caucus as a model; isn’t that enough?

    • eljay
      August 18, 2011, 9:20 pm

      >> Yes, we are so racist in Israel that we can have a Palestinian as a member of our Knesset who can mouth off about how racist we are

      There you go purposely misrepresenting statements again. Mr. Barakei is quoted as having said “There are enough racists in Israel without importing them from the US.” Are you suggesting that Israel has no racists? Are you that big a fool or a liar?

    • Mndwss
      August 18, 2011, 9:36 pm

      The KKK needs to do more than dress in white to convince the world that they are not racists.

      • Citizen
        August 19, 2011, 8:36 am

        Yeah, the KKK, now there’s a group with a lot of power and influence in the US Establishment.

    • jewishgoyim
      August 18, 2011, 10:21 pm

      longliveisrael? Really? But who is this new troll?

    • DICKERSON3870
      August 18, 2011, 10:48 pm

      RE: “Yes, we are so racist in Israel…” ~ longliveisrael

      SEE: Academic claims Israeli school textbooks contain bias ~ By Harriet Sherwood, guardian.co.uk, 8/07/11
      Nurit Peled-Elhanan of Hebrew University says textbooks depict Palestinians as ‘terrorists, refugees and primitive farmers’

      (excerpt) Nurit Peled-Elhanan, an Israeli academic, mother and political radical, summons up an image of rows of Jewish schoolchildren, bent over their books, learning about their neighbours, the Palestinians. But, she says, they are never referred to as Palestinians unless the context is terrorism.
      They are called Arabs. “The Arab with a camel, in an Ali Baba dress. They describe them as vile and deviant and criminal, people who don’t pay taxes, people who live off the state, people who don’t want to develop,” she says. “The only representation is as refugees, primitive farmers and terrorists. You never see a Palestinian child or doctor or teacher or engineer or modern farmer.”
      Peled-Elhanan, a professor of language and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has studied the content of Israeli school books for the past five years, and her account, Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education, is to be published in the UK this month. She describes what she found as racism– but, more than that, a racism that prepares young Israelis for their compulsory military service…

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to guardian.co.uk
      VIDEO (08:48) – link to mondoweiss.net

      P.S. ALSO SEE: VIDEO (07:49) – Is Change possible in Israel?
      LINK – link to youtube.com

      • WeAreAllMadeOfStars
        August 19, 2011, 1:41 am

        Very good Dickerson3870 … But who told you LLI went to school ?

      • DICKERSON3870
        August 19, 2011, 4:07 pm

        You make a valid point! But “school” in Israel these days seems to mostly involve studying the Talmud. They do not seem to learn anything about Einstein, Darwin, Freud, Galileo etc.

    • American
      August 18, 2011, 11:35 pm

      No, they can’t mouth off…..remember Hanin Zuabi, the female Arab member of the knesset?…who was physically attacked by Jewish woman?….now she’s also been stripped of her knesset member rights.

      • Citizen
        August 19, 2011, 8:37 am

        They are just widow dressing for US sheeple consumption; have no power at all in Israel’s coalition-driven parliament.

    • Kathleen
      August 19, 2011, 10:01 am

      Token Palestinian. Who has been verbally and physically attacked, mocked and humiliated for teling the truth in the Knesset.

    • Cliff
      August 19, 2011, 5:40 pm

      Who gives a f#%k that Israel has Arab politicians? They mean nothing in the Zionist machine.

      They are token representations of the Arab demographic. You’re such a cynical little racist. As if you care about anything other than your own tribe.

  2. Donald
    August 18, 2011, 7:25 pm

    You tell him, lli. Along the same lines, Ralph Bunche was a black man and and American diplomat in the 40’s, which just goes to show that there just couldn’t have been any racism in the United States at that time. There just couldn’t. Plus we even had black lawyers arguing cases in the Supreme Court in that same time period. Honestly, one wonders what the civil rights movement was even about, using your logic.

    • Citizen
      August 19, 2011, 8:41 am

      On February 25, 1870, Hiram Rhodes Revels was elected the first black member of the Senate, becoming also the first black member of the Congress. longliveisrael constantly displays his ignorance of US history & culture.

  3. regev
    August 18, 2011, 7:26 pm

    Yes indeed, congrats to Barakei and Tibi who went on a trip to Libya last year (with the rest Palestinian-Israeli Knesset Members) to kiss Gaddafi’s behind. Tibi went on to describe him as “President of all presidents and king of all Arab kings”.

    What a proud moment for these 2 circus clowns.

    • Sumud
      August 18, 2011, 8:57 pm

      Regev …Mark Regev?

    • Shingo
      August 18, 2011, 9:31 pm

      What a proud moment for these 2 circus clowns.

      Which is what Zionists John McCain and Tony Blair did.

      Meanwhile, Israel has offered to allow Mubarak to enjoy his retirement in Israel.

      Hey Regev, you still missed some if that egg on your face.

      • regev
        August 19, 2011, 9:58 am

        What you wrote is not only lame it’s also untrue.

        “Which is what Zionists John McCain and Tony Blair did.”

        You might as well could have written the names of countless world leaders and off course called them all Zionists if that makes you feel any better. They all made asses out of themselves by legitimizing this man. But what’s worse is that you failed to understand my argument which ridiculed the Palestinian-Israeli MKs who never miss an opportunity to bash Israel for oppressing the Palestinian people but have no problem kissing the behind of a dictator who oppresses his people for decades.

        As for Mubarak. Here you’re just lying.

        Israel never offered Mubarak an Asylum or to enjoy his retirement in Israel like you noted.
        link to haaretz.com

        From the article: “MK Benjamin Ben-Eliezer (Labor) told Army Radio on Wednesday that he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak political asylum several months ago.”

        The only one who offered Mubarak an asylum was Ben-Eliezer not the government of Israel. Even if Netanyahu was informed about this move (which I seriously doubt) he couldn’t have authorized it without the approval of the Israeli government. That’s how a democracy works. link to msnbc.msn.com

        Ben-Eliezer continued by saying: “I am convinced that the Israel government would have accepted him but he declined [the offer] because he was a patriot.” Which means the Israeli government never offered Mubarak an asylum. This issue wasn’t even discussed by the Israeli government.

        Hey Shingo, you’re pathetic and also a liar. That’s it.

    • CigarGod
      August 19, 2011, 9:01 am

      The 1st problem with getting too emotional with your righteous indignation/condemnation, is that you never complete the list, once you run into inconvenient truths.
      The 2nd problem is that by doing #1, you reveal yourself to be unstable, dishonest….

  4. pabelmont
    August 18, 2011, 7:38 pm

    I’m not 100% sure that Israelis, generally, are conscious that Ariel Sharon caused a bloody confrontation deliberately (or even at all); they probably think that Palestinians just erupt by spontaneous combustion. Intifadas are an unfortunate fact of life, but Israelis know how to deal with them (don’t they?), so all is well — from an Israeli perspective.

    Anyway, whatever they actually believe, Israeli pols (MKs) can be just as stupid and follow-the-leader as the USA Congress. Makes one wonder where, exactly, is the tail that is wagging all these dogs.

    • CigarGod
      August 19, 2011, 9:06 am

      “…spontaneous combustion”

      Well, we are kind of conditioned for that kind of thinking.
      “And God said, let there be light”

  5. Paul Mutter
    August 18, 2011, 7:49 pm

    Oh, Lizzy, you’re *such* an IslamoMaoist. :p

  6. thetumta
    August 18, 2011, 8:07 pm

    Potemkin village? Perhaps, Longliveisreal, you would like to keep Heir Beck? Please do?

  7. stopaipac
    August 18, 2011, 8:20 pm

    Israel is in the import/export business of Organized Hate. This upcoming Glenn Beck show is one example of its import of racism from the United States. That it works with aipac to promote such fools in the US (e.g. supporting strongly Rev Hagee and his CUFI events) is an example of its export of racism to the US. Amazing that Beck is basically fired from Fox (can you believe it?) for being so extreme and conspiratorial that he ended up losing that corporation millions in lost advertising, and now we see Israel and aipac standing strongly by Beck’s side, greeted as a hero. Who in the Knesset, beside the few Palestinian members of Knesset (does “longlive” not understand tokenism?) is actually condemning Beck’s upcoming concert for war? No, the mainstream Israeli parties stand behind him… they know that such racism is too popular in Israel to openly oppose.

  8. POA
    August 18, 2011, 10:16 pm

    “There are enough racists in Israel without importing them from the US”

    What a shame that such succint and common sensical observations coming from the Knesset are the rare exception instead of the rule.

    Unfortunately, Israeli society, is turning in the OPPOSITE direction…..

    (as demonstrated by the glaring ommissions of indignation contained in the self serving motivations behind the current street protests (ignoring the occupation))

    ……..of Barakei’s astute appraisal of the Beck dog and pony show.

  9. POA
    August 18, 2011, 10:20 pm

    It is truly ironic seeing someone with the monicker “longliveisrael” consistentlyadvocate for the very policies, actions, and legislative efforts that will be Israel’s demise.

    Are all zionists idiotically self destructive, or just the ones that make jackasses of themselves on far too many blogsites???

    • Cliff
      August 19, 2011, 2:34 am

      Zionism empowers stupid people and intelligent people alike. Since there is no quality control, the stupid people like longliveisrael open their mouth and let the garbage flow out without shame.

      Normal people would have a bit of shame and restraint but when you’re part of a nationalist cult + on the Internet, it empowers you to ignore social pressures to a act with a modicum of civility and common sense.

      • seafoid
        August 19, 2011, 4:48 am

        Well put, Cliff. I find it amazing to watch videos from the AIPAC conference or people in Israel where they spout the exact same garbage as we see here from the hasbaradim .

      • CigarGod
        August 19, 2011, 9:09 am

        Great comment.
        Garbage in, garbage out.

  10. DICKERSON3870
    August 18, 2011, 11:02 pm

    I wonder when Glenn Beck is going to ‘walk on water’. It sounds like that is what he is working up to.
    Save us Glenn! Save us! Our fate rests in your hands.

  11. GuiltyFeat
    August 19, 2011, 4:53 am

    I don’t get Glenn Beck. I can’t take him seriously although I know millions of you Americans do. What is up with your effed-up country?

    link to upload.wikimedia.org

    I don’t have a TV, but I haven’t seen him in any news coverage over here. It seems like his visit to Israel is only news in the US.

    He’s definitely more your problem than ours.

    Well done to MK Barekei for calling him out and identifying those who are really no friend to Israel.

    • Koshiro
      August 19, 2011, 5:29 am

      What is up with your effed-up country?

      Look who’s talking.

      • Citizen
        August 19, 2011, 8:46 am

        I’d say both countries are really effed-up; problem is one is only superpower dog & other is the tail wagging it.

    • WeAreAllMadeOfStars
      August 19, 2011, 7:27 am

      What is up with your country GF ? … Hate messengers are welcomed and peace messengers deported (flytilla).

  12. Kathleen
    August 19, 2011, 10:03 am

    “There are enough racists in Israel without importing them from the US.”

    Priceless. Thanks for bringing our attention to it Lizzy and all you are doing for justice and truth. You go!

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